Showing posts with label preschool snacks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label preschool snacks. Show all posts

Friday, January 17, 2014

Groundhog Holiday Preschool Activity: Edible Chocolate Groundhogs

I mentioned in passing last year that I decided at the last minute (actually about 7 pm that evening) to celebrate Groundhog Day with learning activities for my kids. But obviously I didn't get around to posting this activity in time for anyone else to try it last year, so I'll post it now.

This activity is great because it combines a craft like project and a treat.

Basically I mixed up a small batch of edible chocolate play dough and after we had watch a few videos and read some things about groundhogs and Groundhog Day I told them I had something special for them to do. I gave them each some chocolate play dough and told them to make the best groundhog they could and then after I had seen it they could eat it!

They loved this fun activity and it was a great way to complete this very simple holiday for little kids!

Friday, October 25, 2013

DIY Snowman Soup (Marshmallow Snowmen and Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe)

As the weather gets cooler, hot chocolate sounds more and more inviting. Making snowman soup is a great activity to perk up little kids on a dreary day. This would make a great snack for preschoolers (as long as the hot chocolate wasn't too hot of course).

Setting out marshmallow snowmen and hot chocolate at a party is also fun. And packaging up a few snowmen, hot cocoa mix, and a few chocolate spoons would make a great holiday gift.

Marshmallow Snowmen

  • Marshmallow in three progressively smaller sizes (I used homemade)
  • Orange sprinkles for noses
  • Chocolate sprinkles for eyes
  1. Push two chocolate sprinkles into the smallest marshmallow for eyes and one orange sprinkle for the nose.
  2. Stack up marshmallows like you are building a snowman.
  3. Wrap individually in plastic wrap or cellophane bags if giving as a gift or add straight to your hot cocoa to make snowman soup.

 Fresh Hot Chocolate by the Cup

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1-2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1-2 Tbsp sugar
  • Dash of vanilla and/or salt if desired
  1. Heat milk in microwave or small saucepan, until just bubbling around the edges (not a rolling boil).
  2. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients, adjusting to personal taste.
  3. Add a marshmallow snowman to make snowman soup or top with whipped cream if desired.

Basic Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

  • 1 cup dry milk powder
  • 1 cup powdered coffee creamer (can used flavored to make flavored hot cocoa or even just another cup of dry milk powder)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  1. Blend powdered milk in the blender to make it dissolve more easily and look less chunky.
  2. Either blend all other ingredients as well to mix, or layer in a jay to create a sand art type effect for gift giving.
  3. Store in airtight container.
  4. To serve boil one cup of water and mix in 2-4 Tbsp hot cocoa mix.
  5. Add a marshmallow snowman to make snowman soup or top with whipped cream if desired.

Monday, February 18, 2013

President's Day Preschool Craft and Snack: Edible Lincoln Log Cabin

For President's Day we made another fun craft and snack in one. These edible Lincoln Log cabins were a big hit with the boys.

We used homemade pretzels that I made from adapting this recipe. But you could easily use store bought pretzels rods as well to cut out all the prep work and make this really simple. My 4 1/2-year-old was able to build his whole log cabin himself with me just giving directions. My 3-year-old was able to place the pretzels but needed me to spread the peanut butter for him.

Edible Lincoln Log Cabin Preschool Snack
  • Pretzel rods homemade or store bought
  • Peanut butter (or you could substitute sun butter or even cheese spread)
  • Plate and butter knife
Place two pretzels on the plate and spread peanut butter on all four ends. Then place two more pretzels perpendicular to the first ones on top. Continue building levels until desired height for the log cabin is reached. Then spread peanut butter across the entire pretzel rods and add a whole line of pretzels for a roof.

Because we made substantial homemade whole wheat pretzels and quite large log cabins, we actually ended up sharing these with some carrot sticks for a fun lunch.

Linking up with what i am eating at Townsend House.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

DIY Wheat Thins

We all love this recipe for these simple crackers. They taste really similar to wheat thins but better. This is the recipe I used when I made the dinosaur crackers. The only problem with this recipe is they disappear really fast around here.

Homemade Wheat Cracker Recipe

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (you can use all whole wheat if you want)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 tsp salt, plus salt for sprinkling on top (sea salt is great)
  • Additional herbs like oregano, basil, or thyme can also be sprinkled on top for a unique flavor (optional)
  1. Mix all ingredients until well combined. If dough is too sticky you may need to add extra flour. 
  2. Roll dough out on a lightly floured or lightly oiled surface until about 1/8 inch thick. You can either roll it out on a counter and transfer it in a large piece to an oiled cookie sheet, or you can roll it directly onto an oiled cookie sheet.
  3. Once on the cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt (and any extra herbs) and roll lightly to press salt in.
  4. Gently cut the crackers to size using a pizza cutter or knife.
  5. Bake at 350F for 10-20 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool slightly, and then break into individual pieces.
These crackers are great by themselves or paired up with almost any dip.

    Sunday, October 9, 2011

    Train Themed Preschool Snacks

    Like I did for dinosaurs, I made some special snacks to go along with our train unit study. These are simple foods I was going to make anyway just cut and colored to look like trains. If you have train cookie cutters, these would be even easier.
    Train soda crackers
    Eating train crackers
    Eating a carrot train
    Train themed lunch: Train egg salad sandwiches and carrot trains
    Carrot trains are fun to eat


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